First week in U.P. has been very tiring for me. I have met all my professors already, and I think I will enjoy them except for some few who I think will make me sleep? But in any case I am very eager to tackle all my subjects, and hopefully, get high marks after.

One thing is for sure, the first week was hellish. It was my first time to have a 5:30-7:00pm class, and I just commute going home. That’s not good, at all. It’s really, really, really bad! x.x

After 4 straight days of classes, I just feel tired, and I just want to crash on my bed, and sleep for more than 10 hours. But even if I really want to do that, I have other responsibilities to attend to, which wouldn’t permit me to do so.

Moreover, I have a pile of readings I have to finish for next week. Specifically, I have almost 3 inches of PA 141 - Public Policy class - to read and make a 5 page summary of, plus a 10 slides PowerPoint presentation of the important, most significant points in those readings.

To make it much worse, I had a hard time digging through tons and tons of books and papers in the library to get those readings, and the librarian was a little bit too (hmm) unpleasant/nasty today. I thank Reg because she was so patient and diligent in getting the assigned readings. :)

P.S. I’m now poor because of all these papers I have to photocopy!!!

P.P.S. I hate that this practice kills all those trees! I wonder how many trees per day does NCPAG kill because of photocopying requirements. O.o

I was reading through the posts of my contacts in Multiply, when I saw Kog’s “My Week So Far”. Since Kog is an alumni now teacher in Xavier High School, I was curious enough to take a look on how he has been doing “so far”; also, I knew that a lot of new stuff were added to the classrooms, and I just wanted to have a glimpse of what’s new.

Behold and be Amazed — I consider myself privileged to have studied from Xavier, and to have had a good Jesuit education. But I must emphasize that what they have now is like 5-star-hotel compared to our 3- or 4-star amenities before.

Before, we were situated in the Jesuits Residence Wing, where we had our wooden tables and chairs, and 2 air conditioning units. We were luckier back then; the batch after us were transfered to the high school building, where they all suffered/ endured the heat because they didn’t have air conditioning units. After that year, they reconstructed and did a face-lift to the fourth year classrooms. But now, they were successful in implementing the changes to all high school classrooms.

And here is our classroom, H4B, back then at the Jesuit Residence wing. Focus on the second photo — that’s our adviser, Simoneil Mendoza, using the computer with a tv screen inside a “wooden box.”


Photos By: Sean Tiu

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This is the new classrooms that they have in the high school building. *drum rolls* Now they all have a locker outside the room. (shucks - we didn’t have those!)


Photo By: Kog

They already replaced all the wooden chairs and tables, and gave them plastic. I say I still love the wooden/ natural/ earthy feel to it. Before, our tables had locks/lockers right below the top of the table. You can put your stuff inside; and now, obviously they can’t anymore.


Photo By: Kog

This is what I envy. Grar! They have a screen and LCD projector built in their classrooms (think: DLSU). For more, they have speakers inside their classrooms. To top it all off, welcome to the winter wonderland — better air conditioning system.



Photos By: Kog

Oh I forgot, have I mentioned, Mac Labs! FTW! (for the win) Okay, I’ll stop here, right? *hehe*

I promise this would be the last. Move your attention to the small piece of paper on top of the MacBook. “Gadget Pass” — yes, you’re not dreaming of hallucinating. During our time (not so many years ago), we brought in our digital cameras/ SLRs/ laptops/ video cameras freely. It seems that they cannot do that as much as they want or as freely anymore. Xavier’s probably thinking of “equality among peers,” which I think is just right.


Photo By: Kog

The Collezione C2 My Pilipinas the Series collection by Rhett Eala, cretive director of Collezione C2, was launched yesterday night at CAV, Bonifacio High Street.

“Collezione has been part of Philippine fashion consciousness for the past 36 years but far from being content with what they have achieved so far, they’re a brand that’s willing to innovate,” he says. “And it is gratifying that as Collezione C2, they’re hinging these innovations on Nationalism and genuine Filipino artistry.”

And so, in an interplay of art, fashion and nationalism, Rhett brings the iconic brand to newer heights.

A collection of 18 Rorschach Inkblot paintings of, mostly, the Philippine Archipelago, seemingly ambiguous,vague and meaningless for some, somehow expresses or tells us about the grace resilience and vivacity of the Filipino people.

“It was a challenge trying to craft clothes for the Fashionalistas - the fashion-forward Filipino who’s a Nationalist at heart. They’re people who look beyond branding or aesthetics; since for them, even a simple action such as choosing clothes can become a statement of their pride as Filipinos, ” affirms Rhett

“We wanted to go beyond the idea that Nationalism is outdated or that only heroes can show what it’s like to be patriotic,” says Joey Qua, President of Collezione C2. “And we thought that fashion is one way by which we can make the concept and hopefully the practice of Nationalism more relevant, accessible and open for interpretation even among the new generation.”

Guests were treated to CAV’s famous wines and food, while Carlos Celdran, host of the event, welcomed everyone and unveiled the collection. He showed and explained the various paintings displayed at the event. At the same time, he was interviewing Rhett about his inspirations in art and painting.

After the brief introduction and explanation, Celdran facilitated the auction of 6 limited edition design prints of Mr. Eala. They simulated an auction-like atmosphere by giving the audience 50,000 pesos worth of play money each, a number which they can raise to bid, and a chance to connive with one another to up their chances in bringing home the said pieces.

The My Pilipinas Art Space exhibit will be open to the public today until June 14, so you can visit and feel proud of the very Nationalistic and fancy designs by Mr. Rhett Eala. Entrance to the exhibit will be at The Spa.

Collezione C2 is available in the following branches: C2 Galleria, C2 Trinoma, C2 Market Market! and C2 Ermita. For questions or inquiries, please call 6712770, or email info@collezione-c2.com.

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